Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Elliott Wins Cottonwood Classic, Wheeler, Steele, Arnold, Minter, Sauer Other Winners

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Elliott Wins Cottonwood Classic 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 24...Trent Elliott won the 30 lap Cottonwood Classic Late Model Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. The big money event paid Elliott $4,000 for the victory. He is the current point leader and had three feature wins going into the night. At times, Elliott was pressured by Rob Mayea, who ended up scoring a $2,000 second place finish. Bobby Hogge IV made a last lap pass on Joey Tanner to collect an $1,000 third place finish. Hogge was piloting the Darren Coffell car.

The 24 car field included some of the top drivers from Oregon and California. They ran four 10 lap races, and the Top 3 finishers automatically qualified for the big money race. The Top 2 drivers were entered into the eight lap Scramble. Rob Mayea won the first heat after taking the lead from Antioch Speedway point leader Richard Papenhausen, who settled for second ahead of local star Miles Deubert. Willamette Speedway reigning champion and current point leader Joey Tanner won the second heat ahead of BJ Donofrio and Deven Brown. It was Thomas Hunziker collecting the win in the third heat ahead of Willamette Speedway title contender Doug Elkins and Richard Wallace. Elliott gave a sign of things to come when he held off Justin Duty to win the final heat as Bobby Hogge IV finished third.

The Top 2 finishers from the heat races redrew for their lineup order in the eight lap Scramble. This race would set the lineup for the first four rows of the Main Event, and it was Elliott scoring the win ahead of Mayea and Duty. The remainder of the Main Event field was determined by the Top 4 finishers of the 12 lap B Main. Steve Moore had the lead from the outset and scored the victory ahead of local star Mark Wauge, Paul Culp and Kellen Chadwick, who was driving the Chris Biggs owned car. Chadwick held off a last ditch attempt by Eric Massey to get the final transfer position.

Having earned the pole position by winning the Scramble, Elliott set himself up as the driver to beat in the Main Event. Elliott charged into lead at their waving of the green flag ahead of Duty and Mayea. A yellow flag waved on lap three for a Brown spin in Turn 3. Donofrio spun in Turn 2 on the restart attempt, and Elliott led the next restart ahead of Duty and Mayea. Mayea began pressuring Duty and took the second position from him on lap seven. Brown spun in Turn 2 for a lap 12 yellow flag. At that point, Elliott led Mayea, Duty, Tanner and Hogge on the restart. Hogge had started 12th and was working the outside groove. Elliott and Mayea pulled away from the pack just a bit as Duty and Tanner were also having a spirited duel for second. The lead duo caught slower traffic on lap 21 just as Mayea was trying to make a move around Elliott. Culp pitted on lap 22, and a yellow flag waved on lap 23 for debris on the track. Brown also retired from the race. Elliott led Mayea and Tanner on the restart. Tanner begin to pressure Mayea briefly for the second position, but Mayea stood his ground as Elliott begin to build a good lead. As Mayea pulled away from Tanner just a bit, Hogge moved in to challenge Tanner for the third position. Hogge made a backstrech pass on Tanner on the final lap to claim third, and Elliott scored the impressive victory ahead of Mayea, Hogge, Tanner, Duty, Hunziker, Elkins, Wauge, Papenhausen and Moore.

The Late Models wrap up their championship season on September 7th with a program that will also include the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to

Race Results
Late Models
Heat 1-Rob Mayea, Richard Papenhausen, Miles Deubert, Steve Moore, Paul Culp, Kelly Justason.

Heat 2-Joey Tanner, BJ Donofrio, Deven Brown, Mark Wauge, Eric Massey, Cliff Massey.

Heat 3-Thomas Hunziker, Doug Elkins, Richard Wallace, Dennis Souza, Dana Bowers, Greg Arnold.

Heat 4-Trent Elliott, Justin Duty, Bobby Hogge IV, Kellen Chadwick, Jesse Roberts, Paul Guglielmoni.

Scramble-Trent Elliott, Rob Mayea, Justin Duty, Thomas Hunziker, Joey Tanner, Doug Elkins, BJ Donofrio, Richard Papenhausen.

B Main-Steve Moore, Mark Wauge, Paul Culp, Kellen Chadwick, Eric Massey, Jesse Roberts, Paul Guglielmoni, Dana Bowers, Dennis Souza, Cliff Massey, Kelly Justason, Greg Arnold.

Main Event-Trent Elliott, Rob Mayea, Bobby Hogge IV, Joey Tanner, Justin Duty, Thomas Hunziker, Doug Elkins, Mark Wauge, Richard Papenhausen, Steve Moore, BJ Donofrio, Richard Wallace, Deven Brown, Paul Culp, Kellen Chadwick, Miles Deubert.

Wheeler Takes Care Of Family Business 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 24...Jake Wheeler won the 25 lap Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. Wheeler recently got a ride in the Ron Osbourne owned Sprinter, and the 2016 champion turned in a rather dominant performance in scoring the victory. Incoming point leader Mike Wheeler, the uncle of Jake, has won three features this season but missed the race due to a planned vacation in Hawaii. Jake's impressive run kept the family in the winner's circle once again.

There were a dozen Sprint Car competitors for the show, which meant they would run two eight lap heat races. Past champion TJ Winningham impressed by holding off Wheeler to win the first heat. Thanks to Wheeler Racing, last season's top rookie Blaine Cory had a motor to use for the week. Cory took advantage of the opportunity by holding off reigning champion David Hibbard to win the second heat. The Top 3 finishers in each heat race ran the eight lap Scramble to determine the first three rows of the feature race, and Wheeler scored the win ahead of Winningham and David Hibbard as Anissa Curtice spun from third on the final lap. Orland Raceway Wingless Spec Sprint star RJ Baker was making his first Winged Sprint start, but motor problems sidelined him after heat race competition.

In the Main Event, the night went from bad to worse for Curtice as she spun in the first turn, collecting Aaron Miller. The night was over for both competitors. There were no other yellow flags in the rapidly run event. Wheeler led David Hibbard and Winningham on the complete restart. Johnny Burke charged past Winningham for the third position on the backstretch on lap two. However, Winningham came roaring back on the inside in Turn 4 to reclaim third on lap seven. Wheeler held by a straightaway advantage of over David Hibbard by the ninth lap as Winningham and Burke continued an intense battle for third. Winningham staked his claim on third and quickly reeled in Hibbard, taking the second position from him on lap 11. Wheeler drove a flawless race and was never threatened as he brought it home to an impressive victory. Winningham ended up with a season best second place finish ahead of David Hibbard, Burke, Bailey Hibbard, Charlie Thompson, Enrique Jaime, David Marble and Cory.

The Mike Wheeler point lead was cut in half by Bailey Hibbard, and there are still two events left to decide the title. The Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars return on September 7th along with the Late Models, Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to

Race Results
Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars
Heat 1-TJ Winningham, Jake Wheeler, Anissa Curtice, Charlie Thompson, Bailey Hibbard, David Marble.

Heat 2-Blaine Corey, David Hibbard, Johnny Burke, Aaron Miller, Enrique Jaime, RJ Baker.

Scramble-Jake Wheeler, TJ Winningham, David Hibbard, Johnny Burke, Blaine Corey, Anissa Curtice.

Main Event-Jake Wheeler, TJ Winningham, David Hibbard, Johnny Burke, Bailey Hibbard, Charlie Thompson, Enrique Jaime, David Marble, Blaine Corey, Anissa Curtice, Aaron Miller. RJ Baker DNS.

Steele Charges To Sixth Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 24...David Steele won 20 lap Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stock Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the sixth feature win for the current point leader and reigning champion, and he will be nearly impossible to beat for the title if he is able to start the season finale. Ashtin Hedges drove another good race to score his fifth second place finish.

The Mini Stocks ran a pair of eight lap heat races, and Hedges won the first heat ahead of Michael McLeod. 2017 champion Kristopher Mix led the second heat race early before being passed by eventual winner Steele and ending up second.

Hedges and Steele shared the front row of the Main Event, and Hedges charged into the lead ahead of Steele and McLeod. Hedges and Steele started to pull away just a little bit, and Mix moved to the inside of McLeod and grabbed third from him in Turn 2 of the fourth lap. A yellow flag waved for Andrew Hall in turn 2 on lap five. Hedges continued to lead on the restart, but a high pass in Turn 4 of the seventh lap gained Steele the lead. A yellow flag flew for Hall on lap seven. Steele led Hedges and Mix on the restart, and the leaders ran not too far apart. One final yellow flag waved on lap 15, but Steele resumed command on the restart. Steele took the checkered flag about half-straightaway ahead of Hedges as Mix was a season best third, followed by Steve Goetz, McLeod, Hall, Dylan Irving, Brandyn Wonsyld and Hunter Magnan.

The Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks will have their season finale on September 7th. Also competing that night will be the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models and Valley Store All Late Model Lites. For further information, go to

Race Results
Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks
Heat 1-Ashtin Hedges, Michael McLeod, Andrew Hall, Hunter Magnan, Brandyn Wonsyld.

Heat 2-David Steele, Kristopher Mix, Dylan Irving, Steve Goetz.

Main Event-David Steele, Ashtin Hedges, Kristopher Mix, Steve Goetz, Michael McLeod, Andrew Hall, Dylan Irving, Brandyn Wonsyld, Hunter Magnan.

Arnold Rolls To Fourth Late Model Lites Win 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 24...Greg Arnold won the 15 lap Valley Store All Late Model Lites Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the fourth win of the season for the current point later. Arnold had a Late Model motor in his regular car, and Lee Doty let Arnold drive his fast #7 car for the occasion in order to keep his point effort going.

Arnold kicked off his night by winning a close battle with Krista Hadley to claim eight lap heat race honors. With a pole position start for the Main Event, Arnold charged into the lead ahead of Krista Hadley and reigning champion Charlie Eaton. Hadley got out of shape in Turn 4 on lap three as Eaton charged by for second, and a yellow flag waved after four laps when Eric Aos and Terry Hadley got together in Turn 2. Both drivers were eliminated in the incident. Arnold continued to lead Eaton and Hadley on the restart. They ran that way until Eaton had problems on the 12th lap, allowing Krista Hadley to charge by for second. Arnold was the happy winner ahead of Krista Hadley, Charlie Eaton, Terry Hadley and Eric Aos.

The Late Models Lites will run their season finale on September 7th. Also competing that night will be the Kendall Oil Winged Sprint Cars, Late Models and Bobbio's Pizza Mini Stocks. For further information, go to

Race Results
Valley Store All Late Model Lites
Heat-Greg Arnold, Krista Handley, Charlie Eaton, Eric Aos, Terry Hadley, Jim Cunningham.

Main Event-Greg Arnold, Krista Hadley, Charlie Eaton, Terry Hadley, Eric Aos, Jim Cunningham DNS.

Minter Wins Second Straight OTRO Hardtop Main Event 
At Southern Oregon Speedway

White City, Oregon...August 24...Mark Minter won the 20 lap OTRO Hardtop Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was the second-straight win for Minter, and he's the third different winner for the group this season.

Minter battled Brian Weberg II early in the eight lap heat race before scoring the victory ahead of Dan Fouts. Weberg suffered a mechanical problem in the heat race to end his night. Minter started back in the third row of the Main Event but had the lead before a lap was completed as Fouts ran second. The yellow flag waved for Matt Butler spinning in Turn 2. Fouts suffered a mechanical failure and headed for the pits. Minter led Dean Cast and Eric DeRamus on the restart, but Jimmy Del Castille moved the Bill Trotter car into third a lap later. The lead three ran is that order until Cast had problems and brought out a yellow flag on lap eight. Minter led the restart, and Cast got around Del Castille for second. Cast got out of shape in Turn 4 on lap 13, allowing Del Castille and Butler to move into second and third. Del Castille headed for the pits on lap 16, handing second to Butler. Minter was approaching Butler to put him a lap down when the checkered flag waved on his victory. Butler was a lead lap second, followed by Cast, DeRamus, Del Castille and Fouts.

This was the final appearance of the season for the OTRO Hardtops at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Race Results
OTRO Hardtops
Heat-Mark Minter, Dan Fouts, Brian Weberg II, Dean Cast, Jimmy Del Castille, Matt Butler, Eric DeRamus.

Main Event-Mark Minter, Matt Butler, Dean Cast, Eric DeRamus, Jimmy Del Castille, Dan Fouts, Bryan Weberg II DNS.

Sauer Wins Hornets Championship With Sixth Victory

White City, Oregon... August 24...Dylan Sauer won the 20 lap JOAT Labs Hornets Main Event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was his sixth win of the season, and it clinched him the championship as his closest rival, Tim Hedges, was eliminated in a heat race crash.

The eight lap heat race was a brutal, high contact affair. Early in the race, newcomer Zachary Tener and Chris Boynton got together on the front stretch, resulting in Tener hitting the front wall and then making contact with Dylan Sauer. Tener was out for the night with severe front end damage. Later in the race, championship contender Tim Hedges made an inside move on Dave Sauer in Turns 1 and 2 and there was contact. The two drivers ran a full contact lap around the speedway with Sauer putting Hedges into the front wall for a red flag. Hedges would join Tener on the sidelines for the rest of the evening as there was too much damage to repair. Because Tim Hedges was unable to start the Main Event, it cost him second in the standings to his wife, Jenna hedges. Dylan Sauer survived the heavy attrition to win the heat race ahead of Boynton.

The Main Event would go non-stop as Dylan Sauer led Boynton and Jenna Hedges at the start. They ran in that order until Jenna Hedges slipped past Boynton for the second position on lap 11. Dylan Sauer didn't pull too far ahead of Hedges and Boynton, but he still went on to the victory as they finished in that order. Top rookie Quinton Tritchler finished fourth ahead of Dave Sauer.

Race Results
JOAT Labs Hornets
Heat-Dylan Sauer, Chris Boynton, Quinton Tritchler, Jenna Hedges, Tim Hedges, Dave Sauer, Zachary Tener.

Main Event-Dylan Sauer, Jenna Hedges, Chris Boynton, Quinton Tritchler, Dave Sauer, Tim Hedges DNS, Zachary Tener DNS.